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Dunbar SciFest 2015 is Launched - 6th February 2015


The award winning Dunbar SciFest is back for 2015! The 5th amazing weekend-long community science festival for families in south-east Scotland builds upon the phenomenal success of last year’s festival, where an extraordinary mix of 83 event providers delivered 100 different events - 227 activities over 11 days to 8,500 visitors.

The Dunbar SciFest 2015 Family Weekend is Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March 2015 (10am - 5pm both days) in the John Muir Campus of Dunbar Primary School and the Bleachingfield Community Centre. Families can get stuck into wacky workshops, sit back and enjoy the Viridor Science Stage Shows and have family fun at diverse drop-in sessions within in the Community Windpower Marquees. For under-fives, there’s storytelling and soft play. The stage shows are presented in British Sign Language or are BSL/English interpreted.

Book tickets online: Family tickets (2 Adults & 3 Children) cost just £15, with £20 Weekend Family Ticket (£5 per adult & £3 per child).

SCI-FUN, the University of Edinburgh’s Scottish Science and Technology Roadshow, will take over the Bleachingfield Community Centre with 50 interactive science activities that will keep everyone entertained for hours. After the huge success of 2014, an Early Bird event for children with Autism Spectrum Condition will give them and their family’s exclusive access to experience the SCI-FUN interactive exhibits on Sunday 8 March, 9-10am.

Iain Gray MSP said: “I have been a great admirer and supporter of Dunbar SciFest from the outset, so it’s a real pleasure to see it reach its 5th anniversary this year. It has been pioneering in its approach to bringing science alive for children and young people and encouraging them to find out more about all the scientific disciplines. I’m sure it will be a huge success again this year.”

After a day full of fun at the Family Weekend, stay on for the NEW Nights of Light, inspired by the United Nations designating 2015 as International Year of Light 2015 and light-based technologies. As the sun sets, board the bus from Dunbar Garden Centre to see “The Magic Lantern” at Barns Ness Lighthouse, on the evenings of Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March (6.30-9pm).

Process though all the colours of the rainbow, exploring the electromagnetic spectrum in a colonnade of coloured lights bordering the path to the lighthouse. The lighthouse and adjacent buildings will glow gently, beautifully illuminated and constantly changing. Performers in front of the Keepers’ Cottages will interact with the lighting, producing a magical interpretation of light, shadow and movement in a stunning coastal location. The projection show will build, with light and colour and pattern gradually revealing the towering lighthouse looming above, telling the story of humankind’s journey from firelight to our modern high tech lighting. Discover how a Scottish mathematician and physicist, James Clerk Maxwell, was the first person to formulate the theory of electromagnetic radiation that inspired Albert Einstein.

Book tickets online. A Joint Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) for the Family Weekend day & the Magic Lantern evening event £30, (Adult £10, Child £6) or the Magic Lantern only - Family (2 adults & 2 children) £18 (Adult £6, Child £4)

Dunbar SciFest has collaborated with Malcom Innes, a locally–based nationally acclaimed Light Artist, who undertakes research at Napier University’s Institute for Creative Industries and recently designed the hugely successful “Night in the Garden” month long event at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburghand Black Light, Scotland’s leading light solutions company.

Fiona O’Donnell MP said: “Thanks to the amazing work of the volunteers who have created and organised Dunbar SciFest, it has quickly become established as an important part of the annual calendar of scientific events in Scotland. With the family weekend, education programme and adult programme, it truly offers something for everyone and I wish all involved every success with this year’s events.”

The annual EDF Energy Education Programme will be delivered within local schools between Monday 9 and Friday 13 March. The new Look for the Light’ School’s and Family Challenge is an initiative developed withthe Dunbar Traders Association, based on the different forms of light within the Light Spectrum, linking to our key 2015 festival theme - International Year of Light 2015. This competition will run between Monday 9 February & Sunday 8 March.

The Adult Programme of 4 Evening Events will take place between Thursday 12 and Sunday 15 March, and audiences can “Delve the depths of the Firth of Forth and discover its marvellous marine life”; find out about “Inspirational Scottish Women Scientists”; enjoy “Fabulous Food and Drink from our Fertile Fields & Rich Seas”; and be astounded by ‘How Light Inspires Creativity’ during the UN International Year of Light 2015. Book tickets online.

For the first time, Dunbar SciFest will have 2 exhibitions, inspired by International Year of Light 2015. During the Adult Programme weekend (12-15 March), audiences can gather on Dunbar High Street to enjoy free evening street shows, when the Royal Photographic Society exhibition “International Images for Science”  will be projected onto the John Muir Townhouse. Running throughout April, an exhibition of the internationally acclaimed X-ray artist, Hugh Turvey’s work, featuring elements of Hugh’s current touring exhibition plus bespoke images specially created for Dunbar SciFestfeaturing X-ray images of key crop species grown in the famously fertile soils of East Lothian, plus X-ray images of some of the American plant species featured in the exhibition of John Muir’s pressed botanical prints.

Dee Davison, Dunbar SciFest Creator and Creative Director said “With science, engineering, technology and maths critical to our economic resilience, locally and nationally, we welcome the continued financial support of Community Windpower, EDF Energy and Viridor who again are demonstrating their investment in the future of Dunbar’s young people. The event, spread across 11 days, will attract 10-15,000 visitors, and the Community Windpower drop in sessions and workshops, Viridor stage shows and the EDF Energy Education Programme will help open young minds to bright futures in science and engineering – futures being delivered by employers such as Viridor.”

Visit for details on events, venues, tickets and travel options. This year tickets can now be book online.

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